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Judicial Conflict Resolution: Examining Hybrids of Non-adversarial Justice

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 Coordinator Country Israel [IL]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙272˙534 €
 EC max contribution 1˙272˙534 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-01-01   to  2020-12-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    BAR ILAN UNIVERSITY IL (RAMAT GAN) coordinator 1˙272˙534.00


 Project objective

In the past few decades, the role of judges has changed dramatically and its nature has remained largely unexplored. To date, most cases settle or reach plea-bargaining, and the greater part of judges’ time is spent on managing cases and encouraging parties to reach consensual solutions. Adjudication based on formal rules is a rare phenomenon which judges mostly avoid. The hypothesis underlying JCR is that the various Conflict Resolution methods which are used outside the courtroom, as alternatives to adjudication, could have a strong and positive influence, both theoretical and practical, on judicial activities inside the courts. Judicial activities may be conceptualised along the lines of generic modes of conflict resolution such as mediation and arbitration. Judicial conflict resolution activity is performed in the shadow of authority and in tension with it, and crosses the boundaries between criminal and civil conflicts. It can be evaluated, studied and improved through criteria which go beyond the prevalent search for efficiency in court administration. Empirically, JCR will study judicial activities in promoting settlements comparatively from a quantitative and qualitative perspective, by using statistical analysis, in-depth interviews, mapping and framing legal resources, court observations and narrative analysis. Theoretically, JCR will develop a conflict resolution jurisprudence, which prioritises consent over coercion as a leading value for the administration of justice. Prescriptively, JCR will promote a participatory endeavour to build training programs for judges that implement the research findings regarding the judicial role. Following such findings, JCR will also consider generating recommendations to change legal rules, codes of ethics, measures of evaluation, and policy framings. JCR will increase accountability and access to justice by introducing coherence into a mainstream activity of processing legal conflicts.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Alberstein, Michal; Zimerman, Nourit
Constructive Plea Bargaining: Towards Judicial Conflict Resolution
published pages: , ISSN: 1046-4344, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1299601
Ohio St. J. on Disp. Resol. 32 279 6 2019-06-06
2016 SInai, Yuval; Alberstein, Michal
Expanding Judicial Discretion: Between Legal and Conflict Considerations
published pages: , ISSN: 1556-0546, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1299589
Harv. Negotiation L. Rev 21 221 1 2019-06-06
2018 Alberstein, Michal; Zimerman
Judicial Conflict Resolution (JCR) in Italy, Israel and England and Wales: A Comparative Look on the Regulation of Judges\' Settlement Activities
published pages: , ISSN: 1929-2929, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1299603
Handbook of Comparative Dispute Resolution 1 2019-06-06
2018 Alberstein, Michal
יישוב סכסוכים שיפוטי: אל תורת המשפט מעבר למחלוקת
published pages: , ISSN: 1565-5474, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1299629
דין ודברים יא 17 1 2019-06-06
2018 Alberstein, Michal; Coscas Williams, Beatrice
Quelle place pour la victime d\'infraction pénale dans la médiation pénale en Israël ?
published pages: , ISSN: 1958-3702, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1302483
Les cahiers de la justice. 2018/3 Revue Dalloz 1 2019-06-06

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